USDA Rural Development Announces 7.7 Million Dollar Funding for Hiwassee College


MADISONVILLE, TN - USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Harriet Cannon along with Hiwassee College President, Dr. Robin J. Tricoli, announced a $ 7.7 million dollar funding award to Hiwassee College. The plans were officially unveiled for the renovations of Brock Resident Hall and Hardwick-Johnston Memorial Library.


The restoration of Brock Residence Hall will become a living and learning facility with suite type housing arrangements to meet the expectation of today’s college student. The resident hall will also contain two state of the art classrooms and office space for professors. The facility will lend itself to the development of Living-Learning Communities to enhance students’ academic and social success.


The revamping of the Hardwick-Johnston Memorial Library will go from a stack media center to a multifunctional teaching and learning center. The Library facility will provide access to multi-media resources that emulate conditions students will encounter after graduation.    


“We are excited about Rural Development’s role in the renovations that will take place at Hiwassee College, “ Cannon said. “This award provides the funds necessary to assist the college in providing their students with a state-of-the-art environment for teaching, living, and learning.”


As the recipient of a Community Facilities Direct Loan and Guaranteed Loan, Hiwassee College will begin renovation of a dormitory and the campus library early this summer.


“This award provides Hiwassee College with the opportunity to create a high technology teaching and learning facility, which will replace our traditional stacks library that was constructed in 1955,” Dr. Tricoli said. “The old dormitory will be transformed into a contemporary living and learning community.  Students with the same majors will be in close living proximity to one another, which will enhance their learning and entire college experience. This model has been highly successful on many campuses. Hiwassee will continue to adapt and change based on the successful learning styles of our students.”