Flexibility Required


Ashlee Warnock

Associate of Arts

Branson Education Center

Branson Education Center

  • Opened 2000
  • 11,000 square feet
  • Fall enrollment: 472
  • 9 classrooms
  • 2 computer labs
Branson Education Center

Ashlee Warnock's life as a professional entertainer in Branson is a hectic one.

She sings with her sisters at the God and Country Theater in the mornings, and in the evenings, the siblings all perform with Andy Williams at his Moon River Theater, which they have done for the past five years.

In between her performances, Ashlee heads over to Ozarks Technical Community College's Branson Education Center where she takes a full load of classes.

Between Ashlee's entertainment and education schedules, she has plenty of things to juggle.

But her college life isn't a problem thanks to what Ashlee said is the flexibility she found in being able to take four classes at the Branson Education Center.

"I'm running from show to show, but the faculty and staff at OTC have been great in working around my schedule," Ashlee said.

Ashlee, who was home-schooled, is planning to get her associate degree from OTC and possibly transferring to a four-year institution, majoring in business and marketing. She hopes to someday open a music store.

Entertainment has been in Ashlee's blood almost from the day she was born and something that ran in her family.

"My mother was a dance teacher, and both my dad's and mother's families were very musical. When we were very little, my four sisters and I would dress up in our dance costumes, go to the nursing home, and sing and dance for my great-grandma," Ashlee said.

"Other nursing homes started to invite us to sing for them, and then schools, and then we started traveling and singing at conventions and fairs."

Today, performing on stage and succeeding in the classroom at the Branson center are her top priorities.

"The location, the staff, the teachers all make it work for me," Ashlee said.

"OTC has been great in working around my schedule."