The Education Committee of the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce hosted the second of the 2013-14 senior luncheons Friday for Van Buren High School students at Heritage Methodist Church.

Senior luncheons are an opportunity for local business leaders to reach out to the youth in this area, according to Brian Nave, education committee chairman.

"This is a great opportunity for your business to invest in our future workforce and leaders, while giving these students the opportunity to learn from you," Nave said.

The setting is a round table discussion that exposes the students to businesses in a business-style lunch setting.

"Some students are looking forward to college, others to a military career or some may be headed straight into the workforce, but no matter what direction they choose, the expectations are the same," Nave said.

As a potential future employer, business leaders discuss expectations with these high school students, Nave said.

"They need to hear from the business community some of the basics like attendance, timeliness and leaving personal business at home," he said. "As well, you and your company have specific expectations that you can share."

Following Friday’s luncheon sponsored by Summit Medical Center, some of the comments from the students included:

• Food was great, the jokes were good, and everyone was friendly.

• Loved it. I would like to have more time if possible.

• I loved the chamber members I got to speak with. It was a very nice opportunity.

• This luncheon provided advice for gaining employment.

• Business leaders are awesome.

• I am really satisfied with the event. I got a good insight into what employers want.

• Our business leaders are fun to talk to and I hope I get to see them again.

• I’m very grateful to meet these business leaders. This was awesome.

One business leader said, "I think I learned as much as I taught."

"As usual, we needed more time but strongly agreed that the luncheon was great," another said.

The next VBHS senior luncheon will be Nov. 15.