Birmingham, Ala. — Spurred mostly by the wishes of others, Sharon Davis studied nursing and worked in the field for 17 years. Then, she cared at home for her bedridden sister who suffered with heart issues and end-stage kidney disease.

When her sister died, Ms. Davis knew she wanted a fresh start, but she didn’t know where or how to begin. She had no pension. She had no Plan B. Then she saw a Facebook post offering an opportunity for people to join the BOLD Women in Welding program at Jefferson State Community College.

Ms. Davis was, to say the…

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