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Growing the Next Generation of Women in Trades

New Ventures Maine has been partnering with the Maine Department of Transportation, Maine’s Department of Education‘s Career and Technical Education programs, and the Maine Community College system for many years to provide Totally Trades! Conferences for 8th-12th grade girls, pursuing or interested in exploring, nontraditional trade and technology careers.  In the fall of 2021, the conference transitioned to a virtual career week and this spring, virtual sessions will be offered …

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Totally Trades! Remains Virtual This Spring

Totally Trades! Conferences are an opportunity for 8th grade and high school girls to explore high demand, high wage careers in trades and technology and to connect them to education opportunities through Maine’s Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs, Community College (MCCS), and University of Maine System (UMS) campuses throughout the state. This spring, because of space restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hands-on conferences will again be offered …

Totally Trades is going virtual!

With limits on group size and uncertainties of school schedules due to COVID-19, Totally Trades! workshops for 8th grade and high school girls to explore trade and technical careers are going virtual this fall. Beginning the week of October 19th, an interactive workshop featuring different industry sectors will be offered twice each day of the week—once in the morning and once in the evening: ·         Monday, 10/19           Bridge and Highway Building ·         Tuesday, 10/20          …

Adapting Totally Trades!

Our four spring hands-on Totally Trades! Conferences for middle and high school girls to explore careers in trades and technology had to be postponed or cancelled because of COVID-19. As a result of conversations with our Maine Department of Education, Career and Technical Education (CTE) colleagues, NVME developed two short online modules for CTE and other high school juniors and seniors as they learned and we worked from home. The …

Donation for Totally Trades

New Ventures Maine is very pleased to receive a $2,500 donation from NBT Bank at the recommendation of Bob Gaudreau, Owner of Hardypond Development, and Deirdre Wadsworth, President of Hardypond Construction and member of NVME’s Advisory Council.  The gift will support Totally Trades! Conferences which provide hands-on opportunities for middle and high school girls to explore careers in the trades and technical fields.

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Celebrating 3 Totally Trades! Fall Conferences

  Nearly 350 female students in total attended Totally Trades! conferences this fall. Events were held at the Mid-Coast School of Technology (Rockland), Washington County Community College (Calais), and Foster Career and Technical Education Center (Farmington).   Totally Trades! conferences are day-long events designed to encourage girls to consider careers in fields traditionally underrepresented by women. Each conference provides hands-on workshop sessions focused on trade and technical careers. Large group …

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Calais Totally Trades 2015

On October 23, 2015 over 130 girls from throughout Washington County attended the Totally Trades! Conference.  Hands-on workshops, such as Building a Birdhouse, Computer Aided Drafting (3-D printing), Small Engine Repair, Heavy Equipment Operation and Introduction to Video Production provided students with an opportunity to explore a career that women are often underrepresented in.   The feedback from students, instructors/workshop presenters, planning members, and chaperons seemed to confirm that this …

Totally Trades Spring 2013

Successful Totally Trades events were held in April in Bangor at United Technologies Center and in Presque Isle at Northern Maine Community College.  Nearly 250 girls attended hands-on workshops in areas such as heavy equipment operation, construction,welding, cable technician and automotive.  In Bangor a panel of  women employed in nontraditional careers  offered personal insights around their chosen career paths and pointers for success in the field.  In Presque Isle a …

TOTALLY TRADES!

WWC recently organized two successful Totally Trades conferences – one in Westbrook on October 19 and a second in Calais on October 26.  All in all, nearly 200 girls were in attendance at the conferences.  The Calais conference, hosted by Washington County Community College, featured a new video directed and produced by female students from St. Croix Regional Technology Center (SCRTC).  The video profiles a successful female welding and commercial …

Girls Explore Careers in Trades & Technology

WWC organized three successful Totally Trades Conferences this spring. Over 200 female students in grades 8 through 11 participated in the one-day conferences which include hands-on workshops and large group activities. Bangor Totally Trades celebrated its tenth anniversary on April 6th at United Technologies Center. Long-time partners and presenters were honored with certificates of appreciation. Check out  Bangor Daily News and WABI TV5 videos from Totally Trades 10. Presque Isle …

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