Jose A Lerma completed his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Computer Emphasis) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
After gaining experience in self-employment and financial management, he began working as a Temporary Worker at Express Employment Professionals. Therein, he gained experience as a Test Technician for a company that produces power system instrumentation and measurement equipment.
Soon afterward, he worked at CoreCivic as a Resident Supervisor for more than 9 years. Later, he also became a Facility Computer Contact for more than 8 years. Finally, he became a CoreCivicTV Producer for nearly 6 years. Despite knowing nothing about corrections before working at CoreCivic, he later passed the ACA Certified Corrections Officer Exam.
After his long tenure at CoreCivic, he became self-employed as a Developer/System Administrator where he used skills from both fields to build software solutions.
He is currently part of the Support Team at Khoros as an Associate Technical Support Engineer.
His hobbies include maintaining his novelty CentOS mail and web server, learning programming languages (like Python, C/C++, and PowerShell), making things by hand (like stationery and baked goods), and performing technical analyses on various technologies.