Lance Gonzales, BBCC Class of 2005
Senior Information Security Analyst
Liberty Mutual Group
"I was a student of Big Bend Community College (BBCC) from 2002 to 2005, and during my tenure at BBCC I was able to obtain two two-year degrees--one in Accounting and the other being my transfer degree. I was able to use these degrees and the experience I received at BBCC to continue on to Gonzaga University (GU) in Spokane, WA, where I was able to finish my Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Management Information Systems and Supply Chain Management.
|While I was at BBCC, I was a student of and worked for the TRiO program, which assists many students in completing their education through one-on-one student assistance and grants to assist with any educational expenses. I was also a member of the TRiO Club as both Treasurer and President, which provided fundraising opportunities to raise money for the grants that were given to the students, as well as contribute to the continued development of the campus. I was also honored to be a guest student speaker at the annual Cellarbration! in 2005. That was an exciting experience.
After finishing my Bachelors Magna Cum Laude at GU, I was recruited to work for Liberty Mutual Group (LMG) in Portsmouth, NH in their IT organization. I have now been at LMG for over 4 years, and there are many skills that I obtained at BBCC that I consistently use in my job today. This has led to me obtaining a great deal of experience in the corporate and security industries that I would not have otherwise. I have been in Information Security for over 3.5 years, and am on the management track within my organization as a Senior Information Security Analyst. I have successfully passed two industry certification tests, and am in the midst of finalizing those certifications. I was also able to obtain my Masters in Project and Operations Management from Southern New Hampshire University in May 2011. That was an exciting accomplishment, as I could only imagine what that meant when I attended BBCC. Now I know what it means!
I was recently offered the opportunity to relocate back to the Northwest, with my same position, and have chosen to accept the offer. This will allow me to get back to my roots. I will be based in Seattle, which is only three hours from family in Moses Lake, versus the 3000 miles I have to travel one way now to see them. I am very excited at what this opportunity is going to bring, as I have never lived in a big city, and expect to take on a different amount of responsibility in my position that I have not had before.
In my journey over the last 10 years, I do not think I would be where I am today without the support of the phenomenal people, the tremendous assistance from the BBCC Foundation, and the education that I received at BBCC. This institution provided me the opportunity to develop the foundation of my career, and it is certainly paying off now. Thanks to everyone that helped me, and I look forward to any future opportunity I have with BBCC."