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 began working at CoreCivic as a Resident Supervisor. Later, he also became a Facility Computer Contact. 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.
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), fixing computers, and performing technical analyses on various technologies.