Howard Community College officials, worried about a tight county budget next year, have scaled back their plans to build a $10 million continuing education and cultural arts center on the Columbia campus, officials said.

The board of trustees has decided to splinter the two projects, pushing harder in the 1989 capital improvement budget for the $4 million continuing education building. The 36,000-square-foot facility, scheduled to be completed in 1989, would include new offices, classrooms and a conference center.

President Dwight A. Burrill said the college plans to ask for money in the 1989 capital budget for architectural and design fees for the proposed continuing education building. However, the school will limit its budget request for the $6 million cultural arts center to $597,000 for a feasibility study on the project, which has not sparked a lot of community support, he said.

Burrill said he plans to submit the college's revised 1989 capital improvement budget in January to County Executive Elizabeth Bobo.

Burrill said that of the five capital improvement projects on the 1989 wish-list, the priorities are $334,000 for furniture and equipment for the new technical arts building, scheduled to be completed in 1989; $905,000 for 560 additional parking spaces, and $215,000 to improve the college's 12-year-old air-conditioning system.