New Ventures Maine is offering a hands-on, day-long event designed to encourage girls to consider careers in fields traditionally dominated by men.

Totally Trades Maine
Totally Trades Maine

The Totally Trades Conference will bring together over 100 participants from schools throughout Aroostook County on Wednesday, April 26, on the Northern Maine Community College campus.

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

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 Education (Career and Technical Education) and the Maine Department of Transportation, as well as other local sponsors.

The conference is generously supported by the NMCC campus community, which serves as the host site for the event, and is a featured activity during the College’s recognition of April as Community College Month.

Conference registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the gymnasium.  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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