Former SCC CASS student subject of documentary

Former Scott Community College CASS international student Mayra Orellana-Powell is the subject of a documentary film that has been named a finalist in the PovertyCure International Film Festival.

The festival winner is being determined by a popular vote ending December 10. All friends of the college are encouraged to cast their vote for the film. Information about voting, the festival and the film is available on the PovertyCure website.

The CASS program is a cooperative effort between Scott Community College, one of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, and Georgetown University. The program brings several Central American students to the college each year for two years of study.

Orellana-Powell is featured in the documentary The Way Back to Yarasquin. The film captures her journey from the United States back to her hometown in Honduras where she has connected small coffee farmers to the specialty coffee market in the United States in an effort to raise the standard of living for these farming families.

The film follows Orellana-Powell and several California Bay Area coffee professionals to Honduras in pursuit of spectacular coffee. Beyond the exploration for coffee, the story emotionally captures the human side of coffee in a way that inspires the role coffee lovers play in the sustainable development of rural communities in Honduras.

A trailer from the movie, as well as a link to the full movie, can be found on the PovertyCure website.

The CASS program is one of a number of international programs available through Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. A video with some of our recent international students is available on our website.