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Two products of McHenry-based company earn awards

Executive vice president and general manager of subsidiary named ‘Global Leader’ winner

Two education technology products made by McHenry-based Follett School Solutions earned “finalist” accolades in the 2021 EdTech Awards, which now in their 11th year, are the largest recognition program of education technology.

In the competition’s “Cool Tool Awards,” Follett Destiny Resource Manager was named a finalist in the “Administrative Solution” category, and Follett Aspen Student Information System earned a similar distinction in the “Student Information System Solution” category, according to a news release from the company.

As part of the same competition’s “Leadership Awards,” Amandeep Kochar was named winner of the “Global Leader” category, according to the release.

Kochar is executive vice president and general manager of Baker & Taylor, a Follett company, where he is responsible for leading the company’s global public and academic library sales, supply chain, technology, partnership strategy and publisher relations.

Schools and districts use Follett Destiny Resource Manager for tracking and managing resources and assets, including textbooks, laptops, band instruments, uniforms and more, according to the release. The tool increased in popularity during the pandemic, especially since laptops were leaving the classroom setting and being distributed to homes for remote learning.

Follett Aspen Student Information System hosts and manages student data, such as class schedules, school events, student performance, athletic eligibility and individual health records, according to the release. In response to the pandemic, Follett added features to the software, including social and emotional support and online registration modules.