BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Breaking down barriers for girls, and giving them the confidence to go for jobs traditionally held by men. That was the focus of the 11th annual Totally Trades conference held at the United Technology Center in Bangor Friday.
The event is targeted towards high school girls interested in learning more about careers in trades and technology. Around 108 girls attended the event representing 12 different schools throughout the state. Nokomis Junior, Jenna Sickles, who plans on working as a machinist after high school, got the extra boost she was looking for.
"It shows us that all these jobs aren't just for men. Women can do them just as good too and you shouldn't be afraid to go out there and try," said Sickles.
13 different workshops were available for girls to take part in. Everything from Automotives and Aviation to Electrical and Heavy Equipment were at the conference. Cianbro Project Controller, Cassie Magoon, taught girls how to work a pulley system.
"Girls need to not think that they can't do it," said Magoon. "If there's absolutely anything that they want to do, they can."
Totally Trades conferences are held all throughout Maine during the year. The next one is scheduled for April 24th at the Northern Maine Community College.