About Us

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The Excel Languages and Social Sciences Center (LSSC) is one of five Excel Centers at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). We are located in Dwire Hall 270 and available to all UCCS students, faculty, staff, and community members. Our space, skills, and services are here to best support academic excellence at UCCS through community-building, cultural exchange, leadership development, and student success. We provide tutoring and other support for foreign languages, English for international students, American Sign Language (ASL), Social Sciences courses, and campus-wide enhancement of cultural competencies. 

Website: www.uccs.edu/languagecenter
Phone: (719)255-3690
E-Mail: LSSC@uccs.edu

All students are encouraged to utilize the Excel Centers services, technology, space, and resources regardless of enrollment in associated courses.

The mission of the LSSC is to empower student success through collaborative learning, individualized tutoring, leadership development, and meaningful dialogues.

The LSSC technology classroom (Dwire Hall 272) has 15 networked computers running Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2016 with Language Packs. Each computer has a headset and microphone. Additionally, the LSSC has partnered with the Kraemer Family Library in providing FREE online access to the Mango Language Learning software application (offering support for 51 languages and English as a second language). The link is available through the Kraemer Family Library home page; click on databases; "m" for Mango and then select Mango.  Any active UCCS student has access to this software from any location.

We have LCD monitors with multi-format VHS/DVD players for multi-regional media viewing. We have a media library (available for checkout and in-center viewing) as well as language reference materials for students studying in the center (Dwire Hall 270). The LSSC also has a dedicated study session room (Dwire Hall 266) for student collaborative learning, recording ASL video assignments, conversation tables, and proctoring of language proficiency or make-up exams. 

In addition, we offer the following FREE services and resources:   

  • Drop-in individualized group tutoring  
  • Study skills support and mentoring 
  • Placement and diagnostic language proficiency testing
  • Access to international media (magazines and DVDs)
  • LCD projectors
  • Televisions
  • All region/all format DVD/BluRay Players
  • Computers for online homework and typing essays
  • Scanner/copier for student use
  • Networked printer for student printing needs
  • Studio equipment/lighting and backdrops for ASL video recording
  • FREE coffee, tea, and hot chocolate