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Take a look inside the newly renovated Dorothy Inghram Learning Center in San Bernardino

 The Dorothy Inghram Learning Center in San Bernardino is equal parts educational facility and museum.
Home to the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Regional Occupational Program, high school students and adults preparing to be career-ready, technically skilled and academically apt will do so inside a world-class building, named after a world-class educator, while surrounded by California history.
In a ceremony Monday, Feb. 4, celebrating the past and welcoming the future, the county’s Superintendent of Schools officially unveiled its newly renovated learning center.
“When we look at history books, we think that’s so far away, so far removed,” county Board of Education President Hardy Brown II said, “but to understand it was somebody from our community doing this particular work at a time when it was difficult to do that work, that means everything.”
A graduate of San Bernardino High, San Bernardino Valley College and the University of Redlands, Inghram was the county’s first African-American teacher and the state’s first African-American district superintendent.
Glass cases inside the 41,700-square-foot learning center bearing her name protect her University of Redlands yearbook, school bell, Mill School principal placard and other personal items. Visible near the entrance is a 2011 letter from former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama recognizing Inghram on her 106th birthday.
Inghram died in 2012, at 106.
“She’s someone that provides inspiration and motivation to students,” county Superintendent Ted Alejandre said, “so that no matter which student comes into a program … they know what Dorothy Inghram went through in her life to accomplish so much before anyone else could ever reach those levels.”
The $5.4 million renovation included state-mandated improvements for housing high-school aged students.
In addition to hosting regular county Board of Education meetings, the facility is home to East Valley Special Education Local Plan Area staff and students in the county’s Superintendent of Schools’ popular cybersecurity career technical education program.
“The (Regional Occupational Program) is such an important part of building the skill sets of our students, of the next generation,” Brown said. “We need a place like this for them. They’re going to be learning cybersecurity and all types of programs that hopefully fuel the next generation of the workforce here in San Bernardino County.”

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Source: San Bernardino Sun, Brian Whitehead