ADA, Okla. (KTEN) — The Pontotoc Technology Center in Ada has been selected as a recipient of $4.5 million in federal funds, divvied up from the fiscal year 2024 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill.

Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole (R-District 4), who helped secure the funding for PTC, stopped by the school Tuesday morning to break the news to staff and students.

"It's actually the largest appropriations bill of the year, about $1.2 trillion,” Cole said. “Most of it is defense, about 70 percent, but there's money set aside for special projects like construction and infrastructure, and Ada was able to win some of that money."

Pontotoc Technology Center administrators plan to use the money to renovate the health care wing, expand it and construct a helipad, all on the campus's east side.

"It's going to put us about 10 years further along than what we would be,” said PTC Superintendent Travis Graham. “This is one of our, probably one of our wings that hasn't had the renovation yet, but as you look into the state and what our needs are, our health care is a growing industry."

Even though the Pontotoc Technology Center's health care wing will be receiving the expansion, students who are a part of the school's 11 other programs could see a benefit as well.

"It allows us to save our existing funds for future expansion, so as we build a new nursing wing, we'll be using out current building fund to be able to renovate the rooms that we have right now," Graham added.