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Introducing HERC State-of-the-Art Higher Education Support

Counseling Connection, Inc., operating as the Higher Education Resource Center (HERC), is a student-centric operation helping students achieve their educational goals. Students are provided degree exploration support, enabling them to minimize loss of credit in transfer. HERC also provides a wide array of resources to help students succeed: HERC connects students to accredited colleges and universities, our student support website - SOCRATES ®, our informative seminar, professional counselors and provides support from admission to graduation.

What's New

We're always updating our student support sites, with more accredited colleges & universities, more distance degrees from AS to PhD, more tuition-free college courses, links to scholarships and low cost textbook providers.

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Unique Support

We receive resounding praise for the support we give, including Personalized Guidance, Degree Exploration, SOCRATES ®, Our Seminar for them.

You will be absolutely amazed at the support we provide. Thousands of students have told us so!

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Our Goal: Their Success

Colleges and universities are focused on getting students enrolled in their programs of study. We, on the other hand, as advocates for the students we serve, seek to provide them with resources and guidance to help them get the most on their journey to the degrees desired, enhance their learning experience, accelerate their progress to completion, and help them save a significant amount of time and money along the way. As you view this website, you will understand how we achieve these goals. We welcome the opportunity to help you earn the degree you desire. Click here to apply now. If you have any questions, send us an e-mail to or call us toll-free at 865-686-8347

Our Top 12 Features!

Advocates for Students

Unbiased Guidance

Unparalleled Success

Dare to Compare: Degree Exploration

See the Top 3-5 Degree Plans

Degrees at a Distance

Succeed with SOCRATES ®

500+ Sem. Hrs. Free Courses

Earn Credit by Examinations

Our Informative Seminar

Strategic Education Planning

18 Modules of Instruction

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Education Your Way!

Empowering students to earn degrees at their place, their pace and their way with online instruction including Hollywood-style video courses that bring the subjects to life on the screen, cameras in the classrooms of many of the best universities in the nation, and downloadable courses for those on the go.


Don't Delay

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Hours of Operation

We have staff available to speak with you from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time Monday to Saturday. Call us toll-free at 865-686-8347

Send Us an E-mail

Our e-mail address - - will reach our staff and leaders, who will gladly respond to you as soon as possible.

Amazing Services

Sometimes you just need a little 'help' to get started!

Our goal is your success!

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Engaging Our Support is Easy!

Learn more or apply today.

In fact, they can request support from this website right now...


Fill Out the Online Application

Students and their family members can fill out the online Application for Support, telling us a bit about themselves, their backgrounds, and their needs, goals and desires.


Send Us the Information Needed

For those who have attended college in the past, send us unofficial transcripts or even student grade reports. (You won't need to send official transcripts until you are ready to enroll in the college or university your choice.) Also send in other source documents, such as military transcripts , professional training information, college level examination (CLEP, DSST, etc.) scores, professional licences and certifications, etc. We'll take it from there!.


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Standardized Services and Support

Regardless of the clients served, students receive the same personalized support with our professional counselors guiding them in the exploration of degrees at a distance, delivering thousands of links to incredible resources to help them succeed on SOCRATES ®, and informing them of the best ways to harness the power of these resources through our seminar.

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A History of Experience

Since the 2000s, we have worked with the federal government, military branches, small businesses, and national corporations to provide educational benefits to their employees. Now we are extending the offer to you!.

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Constantly Improving & Innovating

We are always adding new degrees, as well as schools and learning resources to SOCRATES ®. We aim to give you the very best educational resources that stay up-to-date. Don't see the school listed that you are interested in? Let us know, and we will contact them on your behalf.

The Added Value

Our Services Offer You More For Less

Be sure to see our pages on the Main Menu at the top of this page. Here is what we do for those whom we serve: