CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming community colleges are looking to start a new program that aims to increase the number of students successfully completing college.

Jim Rose of the Wyoming Community College Commission told members of the Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee on Monday that the commission proposes starting the program in the 2015 fiscal year.

Under the program, about $12 million in funding for the state's seven community colleges would be allocated based on the number of students that pass courses. The idea is to increase the number of students who graduate.

Currently, only 28 percent of first-time, full-time students graduate in three years from the state's two-year colleges.

The committee also heard from college presidents and officials about the need for more state funding to keep up with enrollment increases.