Registration is open for Totally Trades! career sessions offered by New Ventures Maine online this fall. There are 17 sessions offered at no cost and are designed to encourage students in grades 8 to 12 to consider careers in which women are traditionally underrepresented.

The 15-minute video sessions focus on high-wage, high-demand nontraditional careers in trade and technical fields and are available for viewing from Oct. 17 to Dec. 23. New sessions added this spring include civil engineering and truck driving, among others.

Automotive, criminal justice, carpentry, solar installation, firefighting, software engineering and other trade careers are highlighted in the series, as well as an ‘earn while you learn’ session on internships, apprenticeships and on-the-job training.

“Maine companies are looking for skilled tradeswomen and we want young women to have access to information that can lead them to well-paying and secure jobs in the future,” said Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, New Ventures Maine workforce development manager and Totally Trades! organizer.

The sessions are free and open to students in grades 8 through 12 who are exploring or considering employment in the featured career sectors. For more information visit the Totally Trades! website at or contact Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau at 207-768-9635 or

Funding for Totally Trades! is provided by Maine Career and Technical Education/Maine Department of Education and the Maine Department of Transportation. Additional support and in-kind contributions are provided by businesses and community partners.

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