Totally Trades! Spring 2022 Sessions

Spring 2022 Sessions Are Now Closed

For the past 18 years, NVME has provided hands-on conferences for girls* (grade 8 through high school) to encourage them to consider nontraditional careers–careers in which women are underrepresented. While we are not able to offer an in-person conference this spring, we are providing Totally Trades! virtual sessions online until June 6, 2022 at no cost to participants. Workshops feature programs available at Career and Technical (CTE) schools. *Workshops are for self-identifying girls and gender-expansive youth.

Spring 2022 Totally Trades Sessions

Why: to learn about 11 high-wage, high-demand nontraditional careers

When: watch anytime between April 11 to June 6, 2022

Where: online, on demand videos

How: online pre-recorded session links will be provided to school staff or homeschools when you register students. Choose session(s) to watch when it’s convenient for you and your students.


  • Automotive Technician
  • Cable Technician
  • Carpenter
  • Earn While You Learn
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Firefighter
  • Police Officer
  • Software Engineer
  • Solar Power Installer
  • NEW! Forester
  • NEW! Nursing (for boys)

Workshops are offered at no cost, brought to you by New Ventures Maine in partnership with Maine Career and Technical Education/MaineDOE (utilizing federal Carl D. Perkins funds), the Maine Department of Transportation, and community businesses and sponsors.

Session Descriptions

 Automotive Technician

  • Technicians inspect cars, diagnose problems, and repair vehicles to keep drivers and passengers safe.

Cable Technician

  • Learn what it’s like to install and work on phone, internet, and cable connections inside and outside of homes and businesses.


  • Carpenters install and construct walls, forms, floors, and siding for homes, new buildings, highways, and bridges and are essential to our living and travel needs.

Earn While You Learn

  • Earn money while learning new and valuable career skills! Watch this session to explore ways to get paid to acquire skills and start building your career.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

  • Emergency Medical Technicians respond to emergency calls, provide immediate medical care and transport patients to emergency medical facilities.


  • If fighting fires and rescuing people from danger interest you, check out firefighter career path options in this session.

Police Officer

  • If you want to protect and serve your community, watch this session for career options for women in criminal justice.

Software Engineer

  • Software engineers create programs that make the digital world possible. If you like working with computers, join this session to learn how to build a career in this in-demand field.

Solar Power Installer

  • Explore a career that protects the environment and uses natural resources to produce energy!

NEW! Forester

  • Foresters help carry out forestry projects such as planting trees, conserving wildlife habitat, assessing timber value, and putting out forest fires. 

NEW! Nursing (for self-identifying boys)

  • CNAs and Nurses provide direct care to patients with varying medical needs and at many levels of care.

For more information about Totally Trades! Virtual Career Sessions or future Totally Trades! events, contact Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau at 207-768-9635 or senechal@maine.edu. Support Totally Trades! sessions with a donation.

Images from Totally Trades around the state
Totally Trades logo

Ellsworth Totally Trades! Fall 2019 WABI Coverage

There are Career and Technical Education (CTE) Centers and Regions throughout Maine that provide hands-on training programs for high school students. For more information about a CTE Center close to you, visit mainecte.org.

Many thanks to the presenters and guest speakers who share their work activities and their career and education pathways with students.

Funding for Totally Trades programming is provided by the Maine Career and Technical Education/MaineDOE and the Maine Department of Transportation. Additional support and in-kind contributions are provided by businesses and community partners.


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Woodland Pulp
Insource Renewables
MMG Insurance Company


Cary Medical Center
E. L. Vining & Son
K-PEL Industrial Services
Washington County Community College


Cassidy Orthodontics
Gallagher Insurance
S. W. Collins Co.
Soderberg Company, Inc.

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