Coach Crystal Honored by alma mater (News Herald article)

March 3, 2017


Baker College’s Allen Park campus is inviting community members to celebrate Women’s History Month at an event featuring alumna “Coach”

Crystal Nickson.


It will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. March 9 in the Student Center, 4500 Enterprise Drive.


Nickson was inspired by one of her Baker College instructors who encouraged her to push herself. The accounting major with extremely bad credit did the unexpected.

She set a path to excel at helping others manage their finances and get “straight outta debt.”


“Crystal exemplifies the meaning of the ‘power of one,’ the ability of one person to positively impact the lives of many,” said Kristine Barann, Baker College of Allen Park president. “She provides hope to those who have lost hope of ever regaining financial stability.”


Reservations for the event are required because breakfast is provided; admission is a suggested minimum $5 at the door that will be donated to People Enriching Empowering People Services (PEEPS) of Detroit. It’s a nonprofit organization that mentors urban youth ages 7 to 18 years. To RSVP, call 313-425-3764.

Nickson provides free financial management assistance as a financial well-being coach at Detroit’s Operation HOPE Inc. The organization works to transform established financial mindsets by developing customized action plans for clients to build their own businesses, raise their credit scores, buy homes or simply make better financial decisions.


She often shares her own life story with clients so they can see they are not

alone and that she is living proof bad credit can be repaired and reestablished.

After a series of unfortunate events that left her deeply in debt and homeless, Nickson turned her life around, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Baker College’s Allen Park campus in 2010.


After graduation, she volunteered to prepare and file tax returns for low-income families and ultimately started her own business to help individuals and proprietors with their finances before joining Operation HOPE in 2015.


The event is sponsored by the Baker College Diversity Committee.

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