Totally Trades Conference introduces girls to nontraditional careers Oct. 20

Oct 13, 2017

Rockland — New Ventures Maine is offering a hands-on, daylong event designed to encourage girls to consider careers in fields traditionally dominated by men. The Totally Trades Conference will bring together more than 100 participants from schools throughout the area Friday, Oct. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Mid-Coast School of Technology campus.

The Totally Trades Conference will feature sessions ranging from carpentry and welding to marine technology and engineering, all providing an opportunity for the students to experience an aspect of the profession through a practical exercise.

“Totally Trades offers a one-day conference that allows girls to explore many careers that have historically been nontraditional for women. Hands-on workshops in trades and technology are followed by panels comprised of local women who have chosen such nontraditional career choices such as wilderness emergency medicine, environmental research and mechanical engineering, ” said Melinda Wildes, conference planner and workforce specialist in the Rockland office of New Ventures Maine, a statewide organization that helps Maine people succeed in their workplace, business and community.

The conference is free for Midcoast girls in grades eight and nine.

Following an official welcome, participants will break into the first of two sessions focusing on a specific career. Panels featuring local women in nontraditional careers in technology, medicine and the trades will wrap up the day.

Individuals seeking more information on the Totally Trades conference can go to or contact Wildes at 593-7942 or

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