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Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)

Welcome to the ACE! We are offering in-person and online tutoring options.

Waterbury location: Ekstrom Hall, Room E500
Danbury location: D-201


General Hours: Monday 9 to 5pm
Tutors will be available for the Spring 24 semester in Waterbury and Danbury campuses

In-Person: Drop-ins Welcome!

The Waterbury ACE, located in Ekstrom Hall, Room E500 203-575-8073.


In-Person: Drop-ins Welcome!

The Danbury ACE, located in Room D-201 203-437-9699. For specific subject hours please visit our website.

About NVCC's ACE

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) is dedicated to helping all NVCC students succeed. Students who visit the ACE are more likely to reach their academic goals.  Learn more about  what the ACE has to offer.  Take advantage of the resources, technology and study space. 

ACE staff members are here to help you. We look forward to getting to know you! 

Take Charge this Semester: Come to the ACE.

1-on-1 In-Person or Virtual Tutoring 

  • Academic Coaching
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computers
  • Horticulture
  • Math
  • Nursing
  • Physics
  • Science   
  • Writing

Can't make it to the ACE?

ACE YouTube Channel: Online Tutorials and More! Check out the helpful tutorial videos on the ACE YouTube channel


TECHTIME@ACE a new series to empower and educate students on how to use the required platforms at NVCC. Need help figuring it all out? Stop by at ACE E500 for Techtime@ACE to learn more about the Blackboards/Commnet/MS Teams/Zooms of modern academia. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for info

ACE Quick Facts

Pass Rate

Our pass rate is 77% Students who visit the ACE on a regular basis earn a full letter grade higher than students who do not visit the ACE.

More than 20,000

The ACE sees 22,000 student visits in a given semester.

What Does the ACE Offer?

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) is dedicated to helping Naugatuck Valley Community College students achieve their goal of academic success. The ACE is your free on-campus resource providing a number of services to help you, including:

  • Math Lab 
  • Writing Center 
  • ESL tutoring 
  • computers 
  • drop-in homework help 
  • make-up testing location 
  • tip sheets on college survival skills 
  • study area 
  • meeting space 
  • academic skills workshops 
  • e-Tutoring 
  • Modified supplemental instruction classrooms (M-SI space)
  • ask tutors questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When should I get tutoring?

As soon as possible! Don't wait until the day (or day before) a paper is due or your test is held to get the help you need. You may find the content more difficult than you thought or that there aren't tutors available at the time you need.

What should I bring with me?

Bring a copy of the assignment or problem(s), your book, any work you have done, and some good questions for the tutor.

How much does it cost?

Nothing! The ACE is free to all full-time and part-time credit students.

How do I meet with a tutor?

You don't need an appointment to meet with a tutor, just stop by the ACE or on the Waterbury Campus call 203-575-8073 to meet with a tutor. For the Danbury Campus ACE call 203.437.9699

How often may I schedule tutoring?

You may receive help on a drop-in basis at any time during posted hours. See the subject-specific tutoring page for more information on our Writing Center and Math Lab. 

What is Modified Supplemental Instruction (mSI)?

mSI is the lab portion of the following developmental English and Math courses: 

  • ENG 096T
  • ENG 096
  • MAT 095
  • MAT 136

Similar to science labs, students earn a grade for their participation and work completed in the computer platforms used in these mSI lab sessions. For more information on mSI, please download the mSI fact sheet or go the mSI web page.