NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Legislation introduced in the Rhode Island House would help those with some college credits finish their degrees.

The bill creates a three-year pilot program for 1,000 Rhode Islanders with at least nine credit hours. It would operate as a partnership between the Charter Oak State College, a public online college in Connecticut, and College Unbound, a Providence-based program that helps those working full-time get college degrees.

The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Joseph McNamara, who chairs the Health, Education and Welfare Committee. The panel is taking up the bill Wednesday.

McNamara says many want to finish their degrees but face obstacles like time constraints or work or family commitments. He says his bill will help those who can't finish their degree work as traditional full-time, on-campus students