Aliah French, left, and Hailey Williams try out their carpentry skills in the Construction Technology Lab at CMMC at last year’s Totally Trades Conference in Auburn. This year’s conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Central Maine Community College in Auburn. It will give female students the opportunity to consider careers in trades traditionally dominated by men. The electronic registrations can be found at, and they are due by the end of April. For more information, contact Chris Davis at New Ventures Maine, 207-753-6531 or

Haley Bartlett, left, and Emily Plourde work together to replace the brakes of a car at last year’s Totally Trades Conference.

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