Through their concession projects, Cintra and its sister company, Ferrovial Agroman, have committed $1.6 million in grants to support the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) in six Texas high schools—R.L. Turner High School, supported by the LBJ Express; Haltom High School, supported by the North Tarrant Express; Lockhart High School, supported by SH 130; and Arlington Heights High School, Southwest High School, and Amon-Carter Riverside High School, each supported by NTE 35W.
Enhanced teacher development, advanced teaching methods, and mentoring for students are all at the heart of the NMSI program. Through this robust partnership, Cintra will inspire thousands of young people to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers, preparing them to become the visionary transportation and infrastructure leaders of the future.
In Central Texas, SH 130 Concession Co. led the effort to create and helped fund the first non-profit education foundation to assist the Lockhart Independent School District. Established in 2014, the Education Foundation for Lockhart ISD provides direct financial support to teachers for innovative classroom projects that aren’t supported in the school district’s regular operating budget. The foundation awards multiple grants of up to $1,000 per teacher annually and approved 19 grants totaling $21,930 in the foundation’s first year.
For example, Cintra has been working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on a research project to determine the key decision factors which lead truck drivers and other parties involved in road freight to choose between a toll road and a toll-free road.
In addition, Cintra and its parent company Ferrovial are working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on research projects that seek to transform cities and develop the infrastructures of the future. Supported by over $5 million in funding, the projects focus on such areas as smart cities, water treatment and energy efficiency.
Cintra also collaborates with top universities to assist with the development of course curriculum and course materials in order to enhance their transportation engineering programs and ensure students receive valuable information about the industry to help them succeed in the work force.
Because Cintra is at the forefront of private infrastructure development in the United States, many of Cintra’s executives are often called upon by these top universities to lecture on the best practices for financing and managing infrastructure projects.
The chart below provides a list of the universities Cintra is collaborating with along with an overview of the nature of the collaboration.
Nature of Collaboration
|The University of Texas at Austin||Provide lectures for the Transportation Graduate Program|
|George Mason University||Provide lectures for the Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy|
|Stanford University||Advise on the curriculum and course materials for a Project Finance course; Members of the Global Projects Committee|
|Columbia||Serve as a Guest Lecturer in the Center for Pricing and Revenue Management|