Schwarzenegger announces plan for 20,000 more engineers Los Angeles Business from bizjournals - by Sacramento Business Journal Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his plan on Wednesday to launch a program that would add 20,000 engineers to the state's workforce over the next decade. The state Labor and Workforce Development Agency projects a shortfall of almost 40,000 engineers by 2014 unless immediate action is taken. The governor's proposal would: Establish programs at the University of California and California State University to expedite certification for veterans with engineering backgrounds. This will open up job opportunities to the approximately 3,000 service members discharged to California each year who hold engineering-related military jobs. Direct $1 million in federal Workforce Investment Act funds to develop new apprenticeship programs that partner private industry and California Community Colleges. Launch the Engineering Education Council to bring more private funds into "pipeline" programs at state universities and colleges and other engineering programs. These programs help move math and science students into the engineering field. Expand the statewide charter of High Tech High, a California charter school organization, to build out engineering-focused charter schools. "California needs more engineers to achieve the improvements to our roads, schools and other infrastructure that voters envisioned when they passed the Strategic Growth Plan Bonds last year," Schwarzenegger said.