New Ventures Maine (formerly Women, Work, and Community) is offering a hands-on, day-long event designed to encourage girls to consider careers in fields traditionally dominated by men.

Totally Trades Maine

The Totally Trades Conference will bring together over 100 participants from schools throughout Aroostook County on Wednesday, April 27, on the Northern Maine Community College campus.

The Totally Trades Conference will feature sessions ranging from carpentry and cable technician to heavy equipment operation and welding, all providing an opportunity for the students to experience some aspect of the profession through a practical exercise.

Totally Trades offers hands-on workshop experiences in nontraditional careers for females – careers historically filled more predominantly by males—to girls throughout Aroostook County.  Totally Trades provides an opportunity for female students to explore careers they may have not considered for themselves.

The conference is a free, one-day event for Aroostook County girls in grades 8 through 12.  Funding for the activity is made possible through monies and in-kind services provided by the Maine Department of Transportation, Maine Department of Education/CTE, K-PEL Industrial Services, MMG Insurance Co., and Sarah McLean Counseling, as well as other local sponsors.

Conference registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Edmunds conference center.  Following an official welcome, participants will break into the first of two sessions focusing on a specific career. A fashion show featuring students wearing nontraditional work attire will wrap up the day.

Individuals seeking more information on the Totally Trades conference can go to or contact Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau at 768-9635.

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