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New Ventures Maine to offer free career workshops for girls

Apr 05, 2021

Totally Trades workshops, coordinated by New Ventures Maine, will be offered virtually this spring with online sessions being provided on the mornings of April 27, April 29, May 4 and May 6.

Sessions are designed to encourage girls to consider careers in fields often underrepresented by women. Eight virtual workshop sessions are offered to girls interested in nontraditional careers in trade and technical fields. Highlighting those eight high wage, high demand career sectors, are in the following fields: automotive, criminal justice, building and design, earn and learn, renewable energy, communications and connectivity, fire and rescue, and computer technology.

“We want to provide girls in grades eight through 12 with information and support in career sectors of interest to them. Maine’s career and technical education schools and Community College system are doing amazing work introducing students to programs such as public safety, building trades, electrical construction and heavy equipment operations as well as other trade and technical careers," said Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, a conference planner for New Ventures Maine.

"In addition, the University of Maine System is providing two and four-year degree programs in environmental protection, renewable energy, engineering and other growing fields. These careers, for the most part, are considered high wage and high demand in Maine."

Senechal-Jandreau adds, “Maine employers are looking for skilled tradeswomen and we want young women to have access to information that can lead them to good paying and secure jobs in the future. It’s a win-win for students and the Maine economy.”

The workshops are free and open to girls in grades eight through 12 who are exploring or considering employment in the featured career sectors.

Individuals seeking more information on the virtual Totally Trades Career Week sessions, or interested in registering should contact Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau at 768-9635 or senechal@maine.edu or check out totallytradesmaine.org.

New Ventures Maine creates an environment for Mainers to define and achieve career, financial and small business goals. Through tuition-free classes and individual coaching, New Ventures helps people find jobs, start or return to college, launch small businesses, manage money and build assets.

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