Gordon Cooper Technology Center (GCTC) was awarded a $99,990 grant from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) to improve their Emergency Medical Service (EMS) programs.

GCTC is one of 20 different entities receiving more than $2.1 million from the OSDH and according to Superintendent Bob Perry, the money will be used in several different ways to better the EMS program.

"The vast majority of the money will be used for a training ambulance which will provide more realistic training for students," Perry said.

In addition to the training ambulance, Perry said the funds will also be used for virtual reality training programs, instructor professional development and other basic class room supplies.

Perry said the grant will also help supply the new training facility in the Public Safety Center.

The superintendent explained the grant will mostly benefit GCTC by providing realistic training and making those working in Emergency Medical Services better prepared for the field.