Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao visited the Seamen's Church Institute's Paducah Center on Oct. 3, 2007. The tour included an opportunity to interact with a training class in session and participate in a hands-on demonstration of the Institute's simulator training programs.
The Rev. David Rider (SCI's Executive Director), Eric Larsson (SCI's Director of Maritime Education and Training) and Captain Greg Menke (Director of SCI's Paducah Training Facility) were on hand to provide answer to questions and talk about future plans.
"We were proud to show Secretary Chao why regularly trained mariners operate safer vessels and are more aware of our fragile waterways environment. She will return to Washington DC with a greater appreciation of the challenges and advantages of 24/7 waterborne commerce," said the Rev. David Rider, SCI's Executive Director.