The State Community College Board has approved $9.5 million in budget amendments for 1980-82, but the total could change later this year.

Of the funds requests recently submittted to Education Secretary J. Wade Gilley, $4 million would come from the state's general fund, and community college officials stress the amendments could change.

"Theese are just the things we asked consideration for," said Carl Bain, a member of the Community College Board. "They're mostly technical, emergency-type situations."

The board said about $1.5 million requested would go to education and general program items, and $3.8 million for capital outlay items, including maintenance projects on several colleges.

At the recent meeting of the board, James Hinson, new chancellor of the community college system, announced his list of objectives for this year, including the "initation of a major planning thrust" for the 23-school system.

Hinson and Thomas Byrd, chairman of the Community College Board, also have set a goal of visiting all 23 community colleges in an effort to establish working relationships with local boards, faculties and students.

Byrd has completed his tour, while Hinson expects to have visited all the schools by the beginning of December.

On another topic, the board was told that degree programs at several community colleges may be cut because of "low productivity."

Perry Adams, of the community college system, said the state Council of Higher Education reviews degree programs at the two-year colleges every other year to ensure they are generating enough interest and meeting a legitimate educational need.

Adams said the demise of a degree program doesn't mean that particular program is thrown out of a school's curriculum. He added. the review process is just beginning.

"There is a great deal of agitation about losing a degree," Adams said. "But losing a degree and losing a program are two different things.

"It seems as if we're doing away with things, but in reality, we're only reorganizing them."