What makes HEOP unique is that it serves students who would not normally be admissible to the colleges they attend. The success these students have depends on the academic and supportive services HEOP programs provide and the financial aid assistance that makes attending college a reality. 69 HEOP Programs at Independent Colleges and Universities Making A Difference for New York State: The independent colleges and universities of New York have created “opportunity programs” that succeed better than any similar programs nationwide. The Higher Education Opportunity Program is regarded as one of the most successful programs of its type in the nation. The success of the Higher Education Opportunity Program is not in the numbers but in the lives of the students who are now empowered to make choices about their lives that would have been impossible without this unique partnership between the State of New York and its independent colleges and universities.
We originally created HEOP.org to help students discover this amazing program. Our team of volunteer staff dedicated their free time to find and share information with information and making the content on our site visible to more students. It is sad to say that many who want to to attend an institute of higher education, however, are not able to due to funding. This program helps people in those deserving students attain that degree. Over the years, we have helped over a hundred thousand (if not more) discover the program. We helped raise awareness while at the same time took whatever we earned and invested in helping those in need.
Recently the Department of Education has sent us a cease and desist letter with a person representing them and harassed us to remove all contents regarding their program. Legally there are no basis for their cease and desist order as we were not illegally hosting any of their content on our site. But the fact that we spent much of our free time trying to raise awareness for a program they run and they decided to take such an action crushed us. From that point on, our team has decided to remove all contents regarding the HEOP and put our focus on a different topic.
Honestly, we did not make much money from posting contents regarding HEOP. It was more about helping raise awareness. Every year we donate our earnings to a good cause. Almost every year we come short of our goal of the amount we want to donate, so the staff puts in the remainder of the balance to achieve it. It was a true surprise to have someone do that to us. But we will continue to help students get the education they deserve!
– Sazzad Hossain, HEOP.org Founder
What Was HEOP Connect?
HEOP Connect was the online social getaway for the Higher Education Opportunity Program student and staff. The original HEOP.org is a website dedicated in bringing free information related to the Higher Education Opportunity Program to those who seek. Then it extended it’s service to the social market by providing the ability to manage your own profile that can be publicly viewed. HEOP Connect is operated by a group of students who are/were part of the program and have had experience on the application, interview and acceptance process. Furthermore, they have an understand of what it means to be a HEOP student and alumni and the responsibilities that come with both. This team of student, hired by Fleech Media, aims to make current high school students aware of the wonderful scholarship/state programs out there for them. Furthermore, the team aims to make the application, transcript, recommendation process easier for the students by providing easy to print and use resources.
HEOP Connect’s goal is to create an online portal where current HEOP students, faculty and those interested in the program can find the information they need to help them get started. Furthermore, HEOP Connect aims to create a community where buying, selling and borrowing of education materials (ex: books, online gateways, etc) are encouraged.
Just as a small note HEOP.org and HEOP Connect are in no way affiliated with the Higher Education Opportunity Program nor with the state of New York. Furthermore, HEOP.org and HEOP Connect not affiliated with any companies or institutes mentioned on this web-site. HEOP.org’s primary purpose is to raise awareness of the wonderful Higher Education Opportunity Program that has helped shape many students lives.
How We Get Our Content
We are currently running a very powerful script that is not only user-friendly, but also secure and very active. Everyday our site sends out a web-crawler to search the web for contents relating to or pertaining the keywords Higher Education Opportunity Program or in short HEOP or related educational news. It then sends the HEOP.org staffs a list of articles it has discovered on its day out and awaits to be approved. If the administration team finds the information to be helpful, they then add that article to the web site in addition to placing the source form which they gained the information from.
PLEASE NOTE NOT ALL CONTENTS ON THIS SITE ARE WRITTEN BY US. WE ONLY PUBLISH CONTENT FROM OUR PARTNERS OR FROM SITES THAT ALLOW RE-SHARING OF CONTENT. IF YOUR CONTENT IS DISPLAYED ON OUR WEBSITE AND WANT US TO REMOVE IT, YOU CAN CONTACT US VIA THE CONTACT FORM.
About Fleech Media
HEOP.org is owned and managed by Fleech Media. Fleech Media is a private company created to populize (populate and popularize) the web with the best products and services possible. Living in a fast paced world focusing more and more on the World-Wide-Web, we opened our doors to help others to create and establish their own masterpieces. In addition to providing for our mission, we promote for provisioned “The Edge” Professional and Personal Created Websites for those who seek the razors edge of todays web development/design technologies.
In the past we have worked along side many individuals, companies, non-profit organizations, and institutions to make their visions a reality. Currently managed and owned by faculty from many parts of the world, we do not just focus on/in one language or become attached to normalcy bias and work on one faceted type of group; but rather open our arms to anyone and everyone to accommodate the uniqueness of diversity.