A Hands-on Conferences for 8th Grade and High School Girls.

New Ventures Maine organizes free, one-day Totally Trades! conferences throughout Maine to encourage female students to consider careers in fields traditionally dominated by men.

This year almost 800 girls will have the opportunity to explore careers in trades and technology.  Featured careers include:

  • Heavy Equipment Operation
  • Welding
  • Information Technology
  • Building Construction
  • Engineering
  • Cable Technician
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing and Heating
  • Alternative Energy
Welding Student Ariel Pelton

Non-traditional welding student Ariel Pelton shares skills with other girls. Read more.

“We give girls a hands-on workshop experience to spark their interest and raise awareness about a career field that they may not have previously considered, as well as provide female role models – women who can lead by example, having already succeeded in pursuing work that traditionally is viewed as ‘man’s work’,” says Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Aroostook County Regional Manager.

Mark your calendars!

The Totally Trades! fall 2018 conferences are right around the corner:

Images from Totally Trades around the state

Primary funding is provided by the Maine Dept. of Transportation and Maine Dept. of Education/Career and Technical Education. Additional in-kind and financial support is provided by:

  • Cianbro
  • Cynthia McMullin Fund for Women of the Maine Community Foundation
  • Hardypond Construction
  • Charter/Spectrum Communications
  • Central Maine Community College
  • Foster Career and Technical Education Center
  • Mid-Coast School of Technology
  • Northern Maine Community College
  • Washington County Community College
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.

For more information on how New Ventures Maine is working to introduce girls and women to non-traditional career fields contact Jean Dempster at 207-621-3434 or dempster@maine.edu
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ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Building Confidence2018-11-13 November 13, 2018
(ends November 27, 2018)
Build your CareerFarmingtonWestern
Building Confidence2018-11-14 November 14, 2018
(ends November 28, 2018)
Build your CareerLewistonWestern
Building Confidence2018-11-30 November 30, 2018
(ends December 14, 2018)
Build your CareerSacoSouthern
My Next Career Move2018-11-26 November 26, 2018
(ends December 17, 2018)
Build your CareerLewistonWestern