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 fall, we provided Totally Trades virtual workshops online in October 2020. *Workshops are for self-identifying girls and gender-expansive youth.

Celebrating Our First Virtual Career Week

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

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

Featured careers included:

  •  Bridge and Highway Construction

  • Communications and Technology Trades

  • Automotive Trades 

  • Public Safety Careers

  •  Building Trades 

Funding for Totally Trades Career Week was provided by the Maine Department of Education/CTE and the Maine Department of Transportation. Additional support and in-kind contributions were 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

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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

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ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Interview Strategies2021-01-22 January 22, 2021Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Making Career Choices2021-02-02 February 02, 2021Build your CareerONLINE Daytime Statewide
Building Confidence2021-01-20 January 20, 2021
(ends February 03, 2021)
Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
My Next Career Move2021-01-07 January 07, 2021
(ends February 04, 2021)
Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Making Career Choices2021-03-02 March 02, 2021Build your CareerONLINE Daytime Statewide
Building Confidence2021-02-18 February 18, 2021
(ends March 04, 2021)
Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
My Next Career Move2021-02-09 February 09, 2021
(ends March 09, 2021)
Build your CareerONLINE Daytime Statewide
First Impressions Matter: Resume & Interview2021-03-23 March 23, 2021
(ends March 25, 2021)
Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Making Career Choices2021-04-06 April 06, 2021Build your CareerONLINE Daytime Statewide
Making Career Choices2021-04-08 April 08, 2021Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Making Career Choices2021-05-04 May 04, 2021Build your CareerONLINE Daytime Statewide