For the past 18 years, NVME has provided hands-on conferences for girls* (8th Grade – High School) to encourage them to consider nontraditional careers – careers in which women are underrepresented. While we are not able to offer in-person conferences this spring, we are provided Totally Trades virtual workshops online in April and May 2021. *Workshops are for self-identifying girls and gender-expansive youth.

Totally Trades Fall Sessions

will be announced soon!

Girls in grades 8 – 12 from around the state participate in workshop sessions to explore careers in a variety of fields in which female workers are underrepresented. Workshops feature programs available at Career and Technical (CTE) schools.

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

Our fabulous online Spring 2021 workshops included:

 Automotive Trades

  • Students explored a wide variety of careers in automotive trades. Technicians inspect, diagnose and repair vehicles to keep drivers and passengers safe.  In the auto body shop, skilled technicians make a damaged car as good as new.

Criminal Justice

  • For better unity, help your community!  Interested in a career in law enforcement?  There are so many different jobs to explore!  If you want to protect and serve your community, there are career options for women in criminal justice.

Building & Design

  • We looked through a window into the future of home design and heard from inspiring women in architecture and construction.  Learn how sustainable design can be a career path that leads you into the future of designing and building quality housing.

Earn and Learn

  • Students can earn money while learning new and valuable career skills.  Are you a hands-on learner? Explore ways you can get paid to acquire new skills and start building your career.

Renewable Energy

  • This session is for students who are interested in protecting the environment and our natural resources.  We  explore careers in sustainable water treatment, wind power, and solar energy.

Communications and Connectivity

  • We learned what it’s like to work on phone, internet and cable connections inside and outside homes and businesses as a cable technician.  If you like working in different environments, meeting new people, and working independently this career is for you.

Fire and Rescue

  • Calming fears, easing minds, and saving lives!  Does fighting fires and rescuing people from danger interest you?  If so, check out some career path options in Fire & Rescue.  Learn about firefighters, dispatchers, emergency response services, and more!

Computer Technology

  • Have you been spending more time online and using computers every day for school?  Do you enjoy using technology, problem-solving, and helping people?  Come learn how to turn your computer skills into a career by hearing from women working, teaching, and hiring in the computer technology field.

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

For more information about Totally Trades Virtual Career Week or future Totally Trades events, contact Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau at 207-768-9635 or senechal@maine.edu

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Images from Totally Trades around the state

Donate to Totally Trades! Conferences here.

Financial support is provided by:


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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.

Deirdre Wadsworth looks at blue print with colleague
Westbrook Totally Trades! advisor and funder, Deirdre Wadsworth (Owner of Hardypond Construction), was recently recognized in MaineBiz’s Women to Watch. Read her story here

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.

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ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Making Career Choices2021-08-03 August 03, 2021Build your CareerONLINE Daytime Statewide
Job Search Series2021-08-03 August 03, 2021
(ends August 17, 2021)
Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Making Career Choices2021-09-07 September 07, 2021Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Making Career Choices2021-09-30 September 30, 2021Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Making Career Choices2021-10-05 October 05, 2021Build your CareerONLINE Daytime Statewide
Building Confidence2021-09-22 September 22, 2021
(ends October 06, 2021)
Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Making Career Choices2021-11-02 November 02, 2021Build your CareerONLINE Daytime Statewide
Making Career Choices2021-12-07 December 07, 2021Build your CareerONLINE Daytime Statewide