THE BRONX - A Bronx school is offering a program to prepare its students for careers in several skilled jobs.

The Bronx Design & Construction Academy in Melrose offers carpentry, plumbing and electrical training in addition to its regular high school curriculum.

The program, which is in its third year, aims to preserve and promote these trades in the Bronx which has the highest unemployment rates in the New York City.

The first graduating class will complete the program in 2015.