Totally Trades! Conferences for Girls is now Trades for ME

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For the past 19 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 fall, we are providing Totally Trades! virtual sessions online from October 17 until December 23, 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.

Totally Trades Sessions

Why: to learn about 17 high-wage, high-demand nontraditional careers

When: anytime

Where: online, on demand videos

How: online pre-recorded session links; watch when it’s convenient for you and your students


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


  • Explore careers in aquaculture and hear from women working successfully in the industry right here in Maine!

Auto Collision Repair

  • After vehicle accidents, auto body repair technicians use creativity and skills to repair and refinish automobiles. Watch this session to learn more about putting artistic and creative skills to work doing auto collision repair.

 Automotive Technician

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


  • Did you know that the University of Maine at Augusta has aviation programs that can train you to become a pilot on or off the ground? Watch this session to learn more!

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.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

  • Did you know that Maine has 27 Career and Technical Education schools across the state, and each of these schools has multiple programs to help students develop work skills? Your high school has access to a CTE – watch this session to learn more!

Civil Engineer

  • Civil engineers design and build projects and systems. In this session you will hear from a woman who went from using boxes to create buildings as a child and now works from home designing major projects as a civil engineer.

Early Childhood Educator (for self-identifying boys)

  • Learn about the various careers in early childhood education and the need to fill child care and educator positions in our state.

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.

Finding Your Future Career

  • Watch this session to learn important factors to consider when making a good future career decision and why gender should not rule out careers you are interested in and want to do.


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


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

Free Community College for Maine Students

  • If you are a Maine student and are graduating between now and 2023, community college is free to you! Learn more about community college programs that are available in Maine and hear from a few students who are taking advantage of this great opportunity right now.

Nursing (for self-identifying boys)

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

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!

Truck Driver

  • Learn why and how people with a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) are important to our economy as they pick up and deliver goods and materials, both locally and across the country.

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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