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 are providing Totally Trades virtual workshops online in October. 

Register now for
Totally Trades! Virtual Career Week
October 19-23, 2020 

Featuring Five Exciting Career Sectors

These free sessions are for girls* in 8th – 12th grade who are enrolled in or interested in enrolling in a Career and Technical (CTE) program or seriously interested in the trades. You are invited to register for one or more of our sessions as part of our first Totally Trades! Virtual Career Week.

If you are learning in-person at a school and want to attend a morning session, please ask a Guidance Counselor, CTE, or other school staff person about taking time from your schedule and accessing a computer to attend. 

Monday, Oct. 19: Bridge and Highway Building This session will focus on trades such as carpenters, laborers, and heavy equipment operators.  The Maine Department of Transportation and others will be on hand to provide information about growing jobs, apprenticeships, and careers. 
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. REGISTER HERE for Bridge & Highway Building
6:00 – 7:30 p.m .  REGISTER HERE for Bridge & Highway Building

Tuesday, Oct. 20 Communications & Technology Trades This session will focus on career opportunities in the technology field, from cable installation to design. Local professionals will talk about their own experiences working in this sector, the training required for different types of technology-related jobs, and the steps you can take to pursue a career in the field. 
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. REGISTER HERE for Technology Trades
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.   REGISTER HERE for Technology Trades

Wednesday, Oct. 21 Automotives Trades Explore the typical workday of a female Certified Auto Technician. Learn about the many types of work in the Automotive Trades. 
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. REGISTER HERE for Automotive Trades
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.   REGISTER HERE for Automotive Trades

Thursday, Oct. 22  Public Safety Careers From Police Officers and Firefighters to EMTs and Paramedics the Public Safety field is vast with a number of career paths available to those looking to serve and protect. Join us as we explore the work, life, and experiences of a Police Officer, Firefighter, and Paramedic.
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. REGISTER HERE for Public Safety Careers
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.   REGISTER HERE for Public Safety Careers

Friday, Oct. 23 Building Trades There is more to building trades than construction. In this workshop, you will learn about several factors that go into a building project – from engineering principles to electrical wiring, project management and so much more!
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. REGISTER HERE for Building Trades
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.   REGISTER HERE for Building Trades

These events are for female students participating in, or seriously considering, Career and Technical Education programs. 

 We look forward to offering our in-person hands-on conferences in the future, and we are excited to reach students online throughout Maine who may not have had access to our in-person Totally Trades! conferences.

*Workshops are for selfidentifying girls and gender-expansive youth.

For more information about Totally Trades Virtual Career Week, contact Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau at 207-768-9635 or

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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
First Impressions Matter: Resume & Interview2020-10-27 October 27, 2020
(ends October 29, 2020)
Build your CareerONLINE Daytime North Central/Downeast
Making Career Choices2020-11-03 November 03, 2020Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
First Impressions Matter: Resume & Interview2020-11-03 November 03, 2020
(ends November 05, 2020)
Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Building Confidence2020-11-05 November 05, 2020
(ends November 19, 2020)
Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Making Career Choices2020-12-01 December 01, 2020Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
My Next Career Move2020-10-14 October 14, 2020
(ends December 18, 2020)
Build your CareerONLINE AnytimeStatewide