The Alpha Institute for Academic Excellence was established in 2011 by Rev. Charles Carey of Wesley College. Rev. Carey is one of Alpha’s academic and career counsellors, and has been an educator for 32 years.
Alpha Institute seeks to prepare students to live and serve in a global society, and it is on its way to becoming Abaco’s premier online learning institution.
Through the Academic Development Programme, there are three plans available: a Twelve Session Coaching Package, Six Session Coaching Package and Single Coaching Session. The College and Career Counselling Program is also equipped with three plans – Full Series, Group Coaching Cohort and 24-Hour Coaching Session.
Students receive preparation for entrance into college, they are educated on how to obtain scholarships, and they obtain vital information on job preparation and job transitioning.
The High School Diploma Course was launched in mid-September in collaboration with Wesley College, and is recognized by the Ministry of Education. It is designed for persons 16 years or older who did not obtain a high school diploma or as a supplementary course for 12th grade students.
The high school course takes three months to complete, and also features a self-study program for students who require little assistance. Final scores are calculated from online coursework, which equates to 60 percent of the final grade and a final examination weighs in at 40 percent.
Listed courses are: Mathematics, English, Social Sciences and Biology with tuition fees of $597 for the first three months and then $199 per month thereafter. The courses are also offered as standalone subjects. Additional services are a Homework Centre; tutoring for adults and students preparing for BJC, BGCSE, SAT and CLEP examinations; and a Lifelong Learning Programme.
Rev. Carey noted that there is a great demand for these types of programs because there are many who were close to graduating or those who did not receive the right guidance in order to graduate.
He said that the long-term benefits to Abaconians would mean they are better prepared for the workplace, they will become more assertive, more consideration shown to them for job promotions, and they will readily take on leadership roles within organizations.
The program also focuses on dressing properly, and the impacts of social media for those seeking employment. There is no geographical limit for those wishing to participate in the program, so it is available to all islands. Rev. Carey pointed out that even schools that are understaffed can benefit from the multimedia content offered in an online classroom setting.
Currently, he is developing his scholarship database, so that students can know what all is available to them in terms of financial assistance.
He thanked Keino Clarke of Million Clarke Production & Management for Alpha Institute’s web design and web management services. For more details, e-mail Rev. Charles Carey at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.abacofoundation.com/alphainstitute or the Facebook page: Alpha Institute for Academic Excellence.