CORE Program

Formerly Kent Transition Center CORE - Career Orientation Readiness Experiences

CORE helps high school students who are not yet ready for independent and competitive employment transition from school to work.

Students in CORE prepare for adult life as they focus on learning career and employability skills. Students gain soft skills and valuable job skills training through career readiness experiences.

The main components of the program are:

  • Pre-Vocational Skills
  • Vocational Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Functional Academics
  • Career & Employability Skills
  • Self-Advocacy Skills

Meet the Instructors

Lori Dulak

Hello! My name is Lori Dulak.  I have 24 years of teaching experience in Special Education, starting in North Carolina, then five years in Texas, and the rest here in Michigan. My passion is working with students in the area of transition. I enjoy helping students achieve their highest potential and ability. 

I have a Master of Education Degree in Special Education, with an emphasis on Learning Disabilities, from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor of Education Degree in Special Education, with an emphasis in Cognitive Impairments and Learning Disabilities, from Purdue University.

My husband, Todd, and I are very blessed to have four wonderful children, Nick, Caleb, Ryan, and Kai. We also have a spoiled lab named Luna. I enjoy spending time with my family & friends, hiking, reading, being at the lake, boating, four-wheeling, and traveling.


Heather Kelley

Hello! My name is Heather Kelley. I am the CTE Specialist for the CORE program!

I assist students in learning job skills, making them more prepared to join the job force. I have a passion for helping students be the best they can be! I am so excited to be a part of the CORE program and excited for an awesome year.

I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology. Since college, I have been working and supporting individuals with disabilities and their families in a variety of roles; CLS aide, mentor, specialized mentor, supports coordinator, ABA technician and foster parent. Every role has been different, fun, and challenging in its own way!

My husband, Luke, and I have two sons Darius and Bennett; one dog, two cats, 25 chickens, 4 goats, and 10 million worms. Our home is always an exciting, busy place. My hobbies include swimming, hiking, hammocking, and traveling.