Courses and classes


Trade training at Alpha is focused on young men 15-19 years old who are in need of not just learning a skill but also a supportive community committed to the social, educational and vocational needs of its students. Tuition is JA$3,000 per term. There are three terms. Students who are concerned they cannot afford to attend please first explain to our front office for feedback. Alpha may be able to assist. Trade training is balanced by academic classes including math, English and civics. Students spend half the day in trade training and the other half focuses on literacy and life skills course work.

The benefits of an Alpha education include:

  • HEART/NTA certification
  • City & Guilds exams
  • Award-winning athletic program
  • Award-winning music program


Barbering is an exciting skill, which allows you to interact daily with persons from all walks of life and face exciting new challenges everyday. Graduates of the Alpha Barbering Program will be able to demonstrate knowledge about the history of Barbering as well as best practices in cutting and styling, beard designs, trimming and shaving hair. Student also learn about safety practices, scalp disorders and entrepreneurship. This is a two year program.  Upon completing the requisite requirements you will be given an Alpha Certificate.


Woodwork training at Alpha includesIntroduction to Woodworking Design, Introduction to Woodworking Hand Tools and Introduction to Woodworking Machinery and Power Tools. Students learn the steps in the design process, measurement and tools used in design, as well as the tools and techniques used to solve woodworking problems. The program provides work experience in traditional and modern woodworking situations including joinery found in furniture and construction. Emphasis will be on developing accuracy and neatness of work. Students will use these skills to construct individual and class projects


Screen printing
In the screen printing trade department students benefit from instruction linked directly to work experiences and the creative industries. Students will first learn safe practices and design and layout before moving into Digital Image Preparation and the use of the offset press. By the end of the program students will be able to understand and demonstrate various commercial and creative screen preparation and printing techniques.


Alpha provides training in Basic Horticulture focused on developing horticultural literacy and vocational skills. The course work is divided into three parts: Practical Skill, Practical Knowledge, and Theoretical Knowledge. Periodic testing is carried out on all three parts and the class participates in two field trips to private gardens in and outside of Kingston. Graduates of Alpha’s landscaping program are able to demonstrate proper safety and a useful knowledge of soils and soil treatments. Students will learn best practices in plant farming and maintenance as well as the business of landscaping.


The Alpha Music Program is a performance-based program with an emphasis on instrumental performance and complimentary courses in audio recording and production as well as radio techniques. Music students learn to read and perform music individually as well as work as a member of a performance group. The performance program is based on a unison music curriculum. Music students sit for the Associated Boards Royal School of Music theory and practical exam.

Alpha’s music teachers are touring musicians, teachers at Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts and graduates of Alpha.