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Drills were a drilling, hammers were a pounding, and women were building stuff, at the third annual Tradeswomen Conference in Augusta this weekend.Cori Skall has the story.”It’s really about teaching women a set of skills that they can use in every aspect of their life.””The overall mission of what Women Unlimited tries to do, is to involve more women, minorities and disadvantaged workers in non-traditional occupations. And that’s non-traditional for women.”Women from all over the state gathered in augusta this weekend, to try thier hand at something new….jobs that are traditionally for men.”We’ve done some things like building a retaining wall, building a wooden tool box. We’re going to do projects about getting and negotiating the best wage possible.”Women like Suzanne Graves-Hall, have found success through the program.”I went from walking out of a fairly long marriage with 3 children and a wonderful career in broadcasting and retail…neither of which was enough to support a household. Walked in to Women Unlimited and found that, to my surprise, I can do math. I can get these jobs, and work and that I absolutely love getting out and working in the dirt.””I have a degree in drafting, computerized drafting and design. I have a two year degree in Civil Engineering Technology, and I am one test away from fully completing a Bachelor of Science and Survey technology from the University of Maine…and I got my start from Women Unlimited.”Marlene Spencer used to work with a bunch of men as a flagger at construction sites.”I always watched them as they did stuff and everything..and I’m going, I want to do that so much! And it’s just something that I just want to do.”The organization hopes to give women looking for work, or a career change, the information and skills to get more reliable and higher paying jobs in non-traditional careers.And the women attending the program say it’s worth looking in to.”Anybody can do this…this is simple! If you can use an electric hand mixer, you can do this.”Cori Skall, WABI TV 5 News.For more information on Women Unlimited, you can visit them online at www.womenunlimited.org.