Heritage Trust interns tour State House, Federal Reserve
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Posted by: Jeff Hardin
About 50 high school interns from Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union toured the State House in Columbia as well as the Federal Reserve Bank in Charlotte this week. The interns, who work at each of the four in-school branches operated by Heritage Trust, also had fun in Charlotte at a Hornets game, and participated in team building exercises.
Heritage Trust operates four in-school branches in the Lowcountry, including Cane Bay High School, Stall High School, Goose Creek High School and Summerville High School. Student interns work in the branches during the school year and at the credit union over the summer. Heritage Trust also provides a robust training and education experience before and during the interns' service to the credit union.
Angela Gordon, the credit union's in-school branch manager, coordinated the trip with the schools and Heritage Trust. "We wanted to add a dimension to the training program and to the interns' experience," Gordon said. "These activities given the interns a little wider picture of how the financial system works and how laws and policies get set."
The group began their day Wednesday by meeting with representatives from Berkeley and Dorchester Counties who represent them in the SC House. Rep. Joe Daning hosted the event and was joined by Rep. Katie Arrington, Rep. Sylleste Davis and Rep. Bill Crosby. The four House members talked about their role in the state government, the process for proposing and passing a bill, and took questions from the group.
"A lot of people don't know what goes on in politics," said Ralph Inge, a student-intern at Cane Bay HS. "This is good information to learn even if you do not go into politics."
Carsa Rose Locklear of Goose Creek HS agreed. Locklear said a key takeaway for her is that lawmakers do listen and consider all sides of a political issue before deciding what to do. "It's important to share your voice," she concluded.
Margarita Mancilla of Stall High School was surprised about the process of lawmaking. "Every law, whether passed or amended, takes so much longer than you would expect," she noted. (Rep. Arrington shared that in a typical session, only 50 bills will pass the House out of more than 1,400 proposed. The rest die and if the representative is re-elected and wants to try to pass the bill again, he or she must start from scratch.)
Navaeh McCray of Summerville HS was surprised that lawmakers earn a very low salary, often have jobs back home, and that very few bills proposed ever become law. "People are really cared for in the state," McCray concluded.
Tylan Jenkins, also of Summerville, agreed with McCray. "They meet people's needs." Jenkins mentioned a bill that passed which helped heroin addicts in the state as one example of the dedication of the elected representatives dedication to the job and the people of South Carolina.
Following the briefing and State House tour, the group observed the House in session, and Reps. Daning, Arrington, Crosby and Davis recognized them from the floor of the House.
"We're thrilled to offer this experience to the interns," said Gordon. "They work hard and represent the future of their communities. Hopefully this experience adds further inspiration and excitement that they can take back home."