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KNOXVILLE — A University of Tennessee program has been recognized for helping Tennessee companies achieve millions of dollars in increased work performance and productivity.

UT’s Human Performance Technology program received an Innovator Award recently from the Southern Growth Policies Board, a nonprofit agency established in 1971 to help improve the region’s economy and quality of life.

“Achieving this recognition is very exciting to us especially because our program is so new,” Bill Stetar, HPT program leader, said. “HPT looks at the whole issue of how to improve work processes and help workers perform better. We are gratified that our efforts to improve Tennessee-s workforce have proved so successful.”

Since its launch two years ago, the HPT program has helped boost productivity and worker performance nearly $6 million for 30 Tennessee companies employing more than 6,000 people, Stetar said. The program also has helped secure $1.5 million in Tennessee Job Skills grants for Tennessee companies to upgrade internal workforce skills, he said.

HPT is one of 39 programs from 13 states awarded Innovator status by the Southern Growth Policy Board. Those programs will be recognized June 9-11 at the organization’s 2002 conference in Hilton Head, S.C.

The HPT program is part of UT’s Center for Industrial Services in UT’s Institute for Public Service. The program provides a scientific, systematic, engineering approach to help Tennessee companies improve workforce performance and productivity.

For more information, contact Stetar at 615-532-4910, or email

The HPT program web site address is